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Release Date: Sep 23, 2011

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Drive along this famous railroad under the shadow of the Allegheny Mountains and try your driving skills on the tight turns and steep gradients of the famous Pennsylvanian Horseshoe Curve! The Horseshoe Curve Expansion Pack has been designed to maximize the graphical and operational advances which have been made in Train Simulator, and includes new EMD GP7 and F7 locomotives plus unlock-able scenarios which allow you to work your way up as an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The Horseshoe Curve is situated near the town of Altoona in Pennsylvania and has echoed to the thunder of heavy freight trains ever since its completion in 1854. It offers the spectacle for railroad engineers – and lucky passengers – of being able to watch the rear of their train making its way along one side of the curve as the locomotives lead the train up the other side, the middle of the train running around the tight 637-foot radius curve at the top of the lake.

The Horseshoe Curve for Train Simulator recreates not only the famous curve, but also the 45-mile stretch from Altoona to Johnstown as it appeared in the mid-1950s. Complete with appropriate PRR locomotives and rolling stock, the Horseshoe Curve also includes scenarios in which unexpected events unfold and allow the player to unlock more missions and rise through the ranks of their fellow engineers. Start off switching in Altoona Yard and progress to driving passenger trains on the main line, and if you do well enough you will be asked to drive the Centenary train!


  • 45-mile line from Altoona to Johnstown via the Horseshoe Curve and Gallitzin Tunnels
  • Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) EMD F7 locomotive 'A' and 'B' units
  • Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) EMD GP7 locomotive
  • Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) freight cars and passenger cars
  • 5 free roam scenarios and 6 unlock-able career scenarios - complete one scenario to unlock the next and handle increasingly important tasks, finishing with a special 100th anniversary trip to coincide with a light show over the Horseshoe Curve.


  • Early Morning Switching
  • Danger at Rose Tower
  • The Champion
  • Helper on the Curve
  • People Power
  • One Hundred

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Posted: November 26, 2014
Horseshoe Curve is a real-life route set in Pennsylvania, and is now operated by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. But RSC has taken a turn from the normal, modern-day route, and gone back to a time in history when Horseshoe was owned by one of the biggest railroads in the country: The Pennsylvania Railroad. Set in the 1950's, the route includes a PRR EMD GP7, and F7 locomotive. This is one of RSC's ONLY heritage routes, and it is a great start to what should be a growing collection of Heritage routes. The track is well layed, and includes elevated curves, just like the real thing. The yards are well set up, with era-true switch posts. The signalling system is well designed, and realistic. Also, the route includes a nice batch of career scenarios, and standard scenarios too! There is also a large array of DLC available for this route!

The only problems I can find with it is that the two included locomotives have default sounds from the KUJU F7, but that is easily changed! Also, it performs slightly slow in yards, on my system.

In Final, this route is a MUST HAVE, because of the track layout, the great Career scenarios, and wide range of DLC. This route also provides a great opportunity for scenario writers, for both past and present scenarios! Also, for 10 dollars less than a normal route, it is a no-brainer (it is easily worth twice as much)!

What are you waiting for? Buy it now!
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: December 24, 2011
If you think you like trains, get this game and will love trains. very easy to get into..
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 13, 2015
It's an old route, as some things go to show... but overall the scenarios are a lot of fun and it's a very beautiful drive.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 31, 2015
I would reccomend Horseshoe Curve as a Buy-as-soon-as-you-get-the-game DLC Pack Add-on. I love the scenarios and the engines made for the game. HOWEVER, you need to get these packs in order to make the game more fun. The K4, PRR Wagon Pack 01, and the Centipede. All these parts for HSC make the game more fun, plus its amazing making historical consists with the packs. If you want to do passenger trains, but this and the centipede. If you want freight trains, buy this and the Wagon Pack. If you want steam powered fun then buy the K4 and the Centipede (The Centipede has a baggage and dining car also). The overall detail is just amazing.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 8, 2015
Great route! Love it! If you live in Pennsylvania, its a must! Great locos, but there horns off the other locos that are kinda boring but that can be changed. Also the engines sounds are the same but that can be changed too! Love the details on the whole route! Overall, its GREAT! Hope you enjoy:D I thought it was worth the 30.00 and if you can get it on sale,Even Better!:D
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 11, 2015
This is a great route! It is set in the 1950s during the time when it was owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It includes an F7, GP7 and a variety of PRR rollingstock. The route begins at the huge yard in Altoona and goes to Johnstown via the Horseshoe Curve and Cresson. The route is great for modern NS too. Great scenarios using modern NS locos and heritages here on the workshop. I recommend this route.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 30, 2015
A very nice route that is also a part of railroad history. I recommend this route. The only thing that im nt happy with is that some of the PRR locomotives are not included in this pack sadly.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 18, 2015
Not bad. A bit dated looking in a few places, but well worth having and assuredly one of the "must have" U. S. routes. You'll want to add this one at some point. Recommended.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: February 14, 2015
Bought because of DaSquirrelsNuts. Lovely scenarios and missions to play.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 17, 2015
It's not world famous for nothing! Great scenery, and fun for steamers as well.
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Posted: September 22
This add-on is terrible. I have enjoyed all of the routes I have purchased so far, I have several, but this one is not in the same league, The controls and the way the train reacts is unbeleivably unresponsive. The delayed reaction to braking and acceleration is very frustrating and makes the train impossible to control. It comes to a complete stop while at 0% brake and 100% accelerate. It is as if the game is trying to bait you into speeding and emergency braking, which it penalizes very heavily. I wish I could get a refund for this add-on, I would gladly spend it on a different add-on.
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Posted: August 27
The Transition Era - possibly one of the best times to have watched trains. That is the era that RSC chose to re-create when designing this route. At the time, all across North America, rail traffic was more diverse, yards were bigger, different rail companies were abundant, and rail traffic was busier. Much has changed since this time. On this route in particular, if it were set in the modern day, many sections of rail yard would be completely missing, the once four-track mainline would be reduced to three, and many of the stations would be demolished.

This route, while it is fun to play on, is a bit outdated and has older textures and models. That being said, the route makes up for this in gameplay experience. Whether you enjoy switching in Altoona's rail yard, at the Juniata shops or even pulling passenger services through the Allegheny, this route is extremely fun. While some routes focus on freight trains or passenger operations, this route has a fair mix of both, with a total of 4 unique railway stations and massive yards at both ends of the route (and in the middle of it). The route also comes with two diesel locomotives - the EMD F7 and the EMD GP7. The most notable piece of rolling stock that comes with the route has to be the PRR Heavyweight passenger car. The detail is very nice, compared to the rest of the rolling stock. It is recommended that you get the PRR wagon pack located on the TS Marketplace and the Steam Store here:
Also, another old railroad known as the Baltimore & Ohio once owned some of the lower track connected to the Conemaugh line in Johnstown, PA which is at the western end of the route. While it is unlikely that any B&O engines would end up on the PRR Mainline, it could be possible that some rolling stock from B&O would be seen there, so it would also be good to get the B&O wagon pack located on steam as well:
Also, it is recommended that you get the PRR K4 Steam Locomotive, to make scenarios feel more like the transition era. The PRR K4 is located here at a permanent reduced price:

I would definately recommend this route. My only wish is that more transition era routes would be created, as this was truly the golden age of railroading in North America. Preferrably with a higher texture and model quality than this ;)
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Posted: November 8, 2015
Yes yes 1000x yes! I love the PRR and this is one of my favorite routes. It is huge! The scenarios are fun and more come when you buy the loco dlc. Buy it on sale though
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Posted: May 7, 2015
Still waiting a response from support as to why there are no wagon sounds or why the coupling is so elastic.
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Posted: May 5, 2015
best route ever
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